Toyota unveiling new hydrogen fuel cell concept vehicle indicative of 2015 production model at Tokyo Motor Show; Aqua hybrid and FT-EV III
15 November 2011
|The FCV-R concept. Click to enlarge.|
Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will stage the world premiere of the FCV-R, a practical sedan-type next-generation hydrogen fuel-cell concept vehicle, at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. Toyota calls this concept model “a highly practical fuel-cell vehicle” that is planned for launch in about 2015.
With the fuel-cell unit located beneath the specially designed body, the vehicle can accommodate up to four passengers and offers what Toyota calls “impressive” luggage space. The fuel cell system, along with a 70 MPa high-pressure hydrogen tank, has been improved to provide a cruising distance of approximately 700 km (435 miles) or more under the JC08 test cycle, according to TMC.
Four other concepts or prototypes will also have their world premieres at the Tokyo show:
The Aqua, an affordably priced compact-class dedicated hybrid vehicle. Toyota says that the Aqua represents the future of compact vehicles with a fuel efficiency of approximately 35 km/L (82 mpg US, 2.86 L/100km) under the JC08 test cycle; 40 km/L (94.1 mpg US, 2.5 L/100km) under the 10-15 test cycle. The body, at less than four meters long, offers outstanding handling, while the minimized height enhances aerodynamic performance, providing comfortable maneuverability with stylish proportions.
The Aqua. Click to enlarge.
The hybrid system combines a 1.5-liter engine with a high-output motor to create a low center of gravity for enjoyable operation and outstanding maneuverability, all while still offering interior comfort and ample luggage space.
Following the launch in Japan, scheduled for late December 2011, the Aqua will be sequentially rolled out to other countries and regions worldwide.
The FT-EV III is an electric concept vehicle with an ultra-compact and lightweight package suitable for short-distance trips. TMC says it is developing EVs with the aim of launching a vehicle suitable for short-distance travel in 2012. Equipped with a lithium-ion battery, the FT-EV III achieves an estimated cruising range of 105 km (65 miles) on a fully charged battery.
- The Toyota Fun-Vii, a concept vehicle that heralds a future where people, cars and society are linked.
The prototype model of a compact rear-wheel-drive vehicle jointly developed by Fuji Heavy Industries and TMC.
Toyota is also holding the Japan premiere of the Prius Plug-in Hybrid at the show.
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